iOS devices are most wanted items for holiday gifts

A recent consumer survey by Nielsen found that for the second year in a row, the iPad is the most highly desired consumer electronic item on the holiday wish lists of kids ages 6-12. A whopping 44 percent of children polled hoped to find an iPad under the tree this year, which is up from 31 percent in 2010. Following close behind the iPad are the iPod Touch and iPhone in second and third place, respectively, at 30 percent and 27 percent each.

In this age bracket, computers, non-iPad tablet computers and the Nintendo 3DS were each desired by 25 percent of kids. The majority of the rest of the list is comprised of video game consoles and accessories, with Microsoft's Kinect and Nintendo's older DS iterations ranking higher than items like the Xbox 360 and Wii.

For the older age bracket of 13 years and up, the iPad again took the top spot with 24 percent, beating out computers at 18 percent, which was last year's hottest item. Interestingly, video game items in general seem to be less popular with this older age group, with other electronic devices like E-readers, television sets, Blu-ray players and phones beating out video game consoles and accessories.

Let's not forget that the cheapest iPad model begins at $499. Even in my wildest dreams, I would never have dared to ask for such a pricey Christmas present as a young kid. It's surprising, eye-opening and a little amusing to me to learn that children even under 10 years old are so audacious, and it makes me wonder how many of them will actually get what they're asking for. Kids these days - spoiled rotten, I tell ya.

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"Kids ages 6-12" Really parents? Yea, lets give kids expensive, fragile electronics that they couldn't possibly appreciate.

JianBing2 said,
Yes, because a 6 year old needs a $600 iPad....

No, he/she does not need one as well as his/her parents do not need multiple cars, HD TV sets, swimming pools etc. etc.

The foundation of a capitalistic society is people buying useful, not needed, items.

Bunch of toys. Hopefully Microsoft goes all-out with advertisement of Windows 8 on slates and convertible ultrabooks next year. Windows 8 is useful as both a toy and for when you actually want to get something done.

mrp04 said,
Bunch of toys. Hopefully Microsoft goes all-out with advertisement of Windows 8 on slates and convertible ultrabooks next year. Windows 8 is useful as both a toy and for when you actually want to get something done.

ohh boy, u really make me laugh hard.

untrabooks are simple DOA

mrp04 said,
Bunch of toys. Hopefully Microsoft goes all-out with advertisement of Windows 8 on slates and convertible ultrabooks next year. Windows 8 is useful as both a toy and for when you actually want to get something done.

I liked your comment because it made me laugh so hard.

to all the shallow minded ipad haters... quit being stupid...

sarcasm: "In your pocket is a useless $600-$1000 smart phone that is just a fad... cameras and internet and video etc on a phone? how stupid is that? just a toy is all it is.."

Somewhere, someone one is saying that exact line. Not me, but to someone else, what you have, whether it be an xbox, ps3, a new gaming graphic card, a new smart phone WHATEVER, Its stupid to someone because to them its not useful. Just realize what YOU personally find useless doesn't mean its useless to everyone else.

rippleman said,
to all the shallow minded ipad haters... quit being stupid...

sarcasm: "In your pocket is a useless $600-$1000 smart phone that is just a fad... cameras and internet and video etc on a phone? how stupid is that? just a toy is all it is.."

Somewhere, someone one is saying that exact line. Not me, but to someone else, what you have, whether it be an xbox, ps3, a new gaming graphic card, a new smart phone WHATEVER, Its stupid to someone because to them its not useful. Just realize what YOU personally find useless doesn't mean its useless to everyone else.


Actually, Hate sees hate. But all I can say is that any gadget is just a trend. To most they are toys while the least sees them as tools. Youth sees it as a Fashion statement toy and nothing else. People need to start using these gadgets as they are intended to be used for. The only company I see who has the concept right is Microsoft. They want you to glance at your phone instead of staring at it. People should be more social in person rather than all eyes on their devices.

...but not desired by intelligent people. I wouldn't even re-gift an iOS device. It would promptly find it's way to the business end of my sledgehammer in full view of my Focus, which would then upload the video to YouTube.

Could vaguely understand an iPod touch - I've seen isolated cases of kids walking around with iPod touches. Perhaps it's this generation's equivalent of wanting a Walkman from decades ago.

The iPad? That's cutting it. The iPhone? Come on. Are parents really willing to foot a data bill for children? Do they really need constant internet connectivity in K-8?

Edited by Denis W., Nov 18 2011, 6:01am :

Denis W said,
Could vaguely understand an iPod touch - I've seen isolated cases of kids walking around with iPod touches. Perhaps it's this generation's equivalent of wanting a Walkman from decades ago.

The iPad? That's cutting it. The iPhone? Come on. Are parents really willing to foot a data bill for children? Do they really need constant internet connectivity in K-8?

In a way your example is fitting indeed: I remember getting a Walkman when I was a kid, more than thirty years ago, and using it a lot; iPod and similar devices were just an evolution of the Walkman concept.

As for cell phones: of course when I was a kid cell phones were bulky boxes installed in the trunk of a car, extremely expensive and therefore relegated to business use; nowadays they are relatively cheap devices and the idea of being able to reach my daughter when she is out is, at least for me, very useful. The choice of the device is just a matter of personal preferences; I like the HD7 while she likes the iPhone, I have no problem with that.
I loved the Yogi bear, kids nowadays like Hanna Montana etc. etc.

clarky13 said,
It's just the cool new thing. Sooner or later its popularity will decline just like it did with the Nintendo DS.

Sooner or later, all popular things decline. Except for mullets.

omgben said,

Sooner or later, all popular things decline. Except for mullets.

And why would they? It's business in the front, party in the back.

clarky13 said,
It's just the cool new thing. Sooner or later its popularity will decline just like it did with the Nintendo DS.

They are just trend devices, just like any other gadget.

Enron said,
I'm waiting for a real tablet running Windows 8 to become available.

Confused. Isn't that just a tablet? It still won't replace a desktop computer. Personally I prefer the power of my Windows desktop to do CAD work. I can't imagine doing CAD work on a tablet.

WhatWarning said,

Confused. Isn't that just a tablet? It still won't replace a desktop computer. Personally I prefer the power of my Windows desktop to do CAD work. I can't imagine doing CAD work on a tablet.

Why does it have to replace desktop computer?. Not everyone has to do CAD work or movie editing. Most use computer to upload pictures, tweet, facebook, word processing, send/receive mails, browse internet etc. I think tablets are fine device for just that and may replace or become a companion device.

WhatWarning said,

Confused. Isn't that just a tablet? It still won't replace a desktop computer. Personally I prefer the power of my Windows desktop to do CAD work. I can't imagine doing CAD work on a tablet.

It's dockable though and you have a full computing experience. There currently is the Samsung Series 7 Slate which is pretty nice hardware, but Windows 7 is pretty poor on a slate device as it's too cumbersome to use. Windows 8 (which will work on the Series 7 Slate) is going to be awesome for slates. You can use them as toys or something used to consume or write notes with the stylus and then when you want to actually do something quickly, you can dock them in either a desktop dock or a keyboard laptop dock.

Enron said,
I'm waiting for a real tablet running Windows 8 to become available.

keep waiting

u have a looooong time to think about.

Enron said,
I'm waiting for a real tablet running Windows 8 to become available.

Yeah because a Windows tablet will be user friendly!? Nothing MS is user-friendly LOL I'd stick with android or iOS.

offroadaaron said,

Yeah because a Windows tablet will be user friendly!? Nothing MS is user-friendly LOL I'd stick with android or iOS.

Umm, that doesn't make any sense, sorry. WP7 is about as "user-friendly" as you can get, and Windows 8 will have a similar interface for tablet/touch.

Buttus said,
Hype seems to affect children more than adults

plus, another thing, if you ask a kid if they want an awesome homemade hamburger, they'll mostly say 'Meh' but if you ask them if they want to go to McDonalds, they'll cheer...

Buttus said,

plus, another thing, if you ask a kid if they want an awesome homemade hamburger, they'll mostly say 'Meh' but if you ask them if they want to go to McDonalds, they'll cheer...

Regrettably this is very true indeed.
I love hamburgers and the best one I have ever had, at least so far, was in a place in the middle of nowhere, closed to Pine Tree in Arizona.

Shadrack said,
My gf's daughter just wrote a large "iPod Touch" and thats all on her Christmas list.

There's still time to get out of that relationship while you have a chance.

toy? haha, have you ever had one? i had no idea it would be as useful as it is, its an awesome combination of many things... mobile office, mobile internet, internet tv, chat machine, and on and on and on... don't knock it till you try it

bj55555 said,
Proof that iPad is just a toy.

So are all the other tablets.

I have seen iPads used during operations in hospitals. Si it really depends on your usage. Same with Android tablets.

I never call anyone a troll but it's apparent from your statement.

bj55555 said,
Proof that iPad is just a toy.

Not trolling but it really is just a toy. It can't replace a desktop or laptop computer. It's a device you just want to have but it's not intended for serious work. It's not an Apple thing or a Google thing or even a Microsoft thing. They simply are not powerful enough to do serious movie editing, CAD design, writing a thesis, etc.

It's a device you want; not need. There is nothing wrong with that. I freely admit that my iPad 2 and Motorola Xoom are never going to replace my desktop computer. They are just a cool toy to have.

WhatWarning said,

Not trolling but it really is just a toy. It can't replace a desktop or laptop computer. It's a device you just want to have but it's not intended for serious work. It's not an Apple thing or a Google thing or even a Microsoft thing. They simply are not powerful enough to do serious movie editing, CAD design, writing a thesis, etc.


Most people don't do serious movie editing, CAD design or extensive writing projects. It (along with other tablets) are consumption devices. That doesn't make them "toys".

They also have plenty of professional uses as well.

sanke1 said,

So are all the other tablets.

I have seen iPads used during operations in hospitals. Si it really depends on your usage. Same with Android tablets.

I never call anyone a troll but it's apparent from your statement.


Any form of electronics should not be used in an operating room accept for the Hospital equipment itself.

bj55555 said,
Proof that iPad is just a toy.

I bet that's why 93% of Fortune 500 are using the iPad ! Coz it's a "toy", and that what the worlds 500 most powerful companies need to grow their business, "toys"!

Lol

bj55555 said,
Proof that iPad is just a toy.

I work at a law firm and we use them for our meetings so we don't waste paper... Sooo not a toy then I guess.

bj55555 said,

Truth hurts, doesn't it?

The truth is that younger people will grow up using IOS OS and related products. This means that in the future there could be more decision makers using this OS instead of Windows.
Many years ago I was part of a similar scenario: I started using PCs with DOS but, being young, I embraced Windows when it came out and kept using it and its related software. I will give you an example: I was one of the not so many people using Word, for Windows, in an era when the most used word processors programs were WordPerfect and WordStar; at the beginning I used Quattro Pro as my favourite spreadsheet but when Excel improved I moved to the latter.
Never underestimate trends........

WhatWarning said,

Not trolling but it really is just a toy. It can't replace a desktop or laptop computer. It's a device you just want to have but it's not intended for serious work. It's not an Apple thing or a Google thing or even a Microsoft thing. They simply are not powerful enough to do serious movie editing, CAD design, writing a thesis, etc.

It's a device you want; not need. There is nothing wrong with that. I freely admit that my iPad 2 and Motorola Xoom are never going to replace my desktop computer. They are just a cool toy to have.

My ancient Toshiba M400 allows me to do everything my laptop did; in fact I replaced my laptop with a Windows Tablet, the real Tablet, in 2002 and never even thought to go back to a classic laptop.
Granted my desktop with three 21" monitors allows me to do things in a different and more convenient way but comparing portable devices with a desktop is unrealistic.
If you speak of the so called "Tablet" like the iPad, Android clones etc. I agree that they are limited but I do not consider these kind of devices as "Real Tablets" as they were envisioned by Bill Gates in 2001; they are more like "Media tablets". IMO of course.

virtorio said,

Most people don't do serious movie editing, CAD design or extensive writing projects. It (along with other tablets) are consumption devices. That doesn't make them "toys".

They also have plenty of professional uses as well.

Those were examples. At its current stage, it can never replace my computer. Can you name some professional uses for me? I'm so curious to why I read business are adopting them yet I have not seen one business adopt them.


Fritzly said,

I do not consider these kind of devices as "Real Tablets" as they were envisioned by Bill Gates in 2001; they are more like "Media tablets". IMO of course.

I understand what you are saying but what Microsoft came up with in almost 10 years ago was garbage back then. You have to admit Apple's iPad is the first mainstream tablet. For the majority of people, that means first.

WhatWarning said,

Those were examples. At its current stage, it can never replace my computer. Can you name some professional uses for me? I'm so curious to why I read business are adopting them yet I have not seen one business adopt them.

Device to allow staff to look up stock and product info in department stores, many education uses, patient records access for medical use, tools to allow a customer customize their products (e.g. play with colour schemes for a room), basic POS services.

These are just a few basic examples. There are plenty of case studies on the internet.

virtorio said,

Device to allow staff to look up stock and product info in department stores, many education uses, patient records access for medical use, tools to allow a customer customize their products (e.g. play with colour schemes for a room), basic POS services.

These are just a few basic examples. There are plenty of case studies on the internet.

Yeah that's what I though. It's nothing a laptop can't do and better. The only case where I found that the iPad was used where now computer was ever used is with pilots and navigation maps. Pilots relied on paper maps before the iPad.

What I was really looking for is cases like that. Mainly because my brother was offered an iPad for his Wall St. business and he denied it. He said It's nothing he can't do better with a laptop. I just was using this forum to get real cases where an iPad is extremely useful that defeats his argument for other disciplines.

WhatWarning said,

Yeah that's what I though. It's nothing a laptop can't do and better. The only case where I found that the iPad was used where now computer was ever used is with pilots and navigation maps. Pilots relied on paper maps before the iPad.

What I was really looking for is cases like that. Mainly because my brother was offered an iPad for his Wall St. business and he denied it. He said It's nothing he can't do better with a laptop. I just was using this forum to get real cases where an iPad is extremely useful that defeats his argument for other disciplines.

Anybody who thinks they can be productive on a tablet is an idiot. The purpose of a tablet is to have information and internet available in a small form factor. A tablet is magnitudes more convenient than a laptop for those matters. And in this time and day, that is extremely valuable.

Astra.Xtreme said,

Anybody who thinks they can be productive on a tablet is an idiot. The purpose of a tablet is to have information and internet available in a small form factor. A tablet is magnitudes more convenient than a laptop for those matters. And in this time and day, that is extremely valuable.

I 100% agree. But most people can only afford 1 or the other. Tablets in general (Windows 8 (because 7 is not good for tablets), Android, and iPad) are great supplements. I use my tablets regularly while watching TV. It's so much lighter than a laptop and takes less room.

sanke1 said,

I have seen iPads used during operations in hospitals. Si it really depends on your usage. Same with Android tablets.

You mean in those Apple advertisement videos? I haven't seen them anywhere else..

Coi said,

You mean in those Apple advertisement videos? I haven't seen them anywhere else..

And if you haven't seen them then they mustn't exist.

Yeah that's what I though. It's nothing a laptop can't do and better.
Except that most laptops aren't as portable, light, have the same level of battery life (and those that do are very expensive) and can't provide the same level of simple customer interaction.

Edited by virtorio, Nov 19 2011, 12:10pm :

virtorio said,
...provide the same level of simple customer interaction.

I agree with you. When they are given to employees, it's meant for simple tasks. They are meant for simple tasks. I went down to the mall and a bunch of girls were hanging around with iPads stopping everyone they see to a contest for a car. They entered them in via the iPad Safari browser. They could have done that with a computer (but it is not practical).